A jobless man who robbed and tied up two children in their home while he was armed with a toy gun was jailed for five years yesterday. Recorder Robert Tang, SC, in the Court of First Instance, said Cheuk Kwok-man, 28, acted 'as gently as a robber could under the circumstances' and had not made Leung Chi-long, 11, and the boy's sister, Leung Ting-yan, 17, fear greatly for their safety. 'You had an imitation firearm with you but it was so obviously a toy, even an 11-year-old boy could see through it,' he said. But Mr Tang noted that the use of any imitation firearm was taken seriously by the court. Cheuk had pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery. Prosecutor David Leung said that on January 2 this year, Cheuk, wearing plastic gloves and carrying a black toy pistol, had sneaked into a house in Fairview Park, Yuen Long. Cheuk waved his pistol at Chi-long and ordered the boy upstairs to his sister's bedroom. There he tied the children up and blindfolded them. He was arrested on February 5.